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United States

AIDS funding approved

The House gave final approval to US President George W. Bush's US$15 billion global AIDS initiative on Wednesday, clearing the way for Bush to sign the measure before he leaves next week to meet Western leaders for an economic summit meeting in Evian, France. The bill, which gives the federal government authority to triple spending on global AIDS over the next five years, is an important symbol for Bush, who has made spending to combat AIDS a centerpiece of his "compassionate conser-vative" agenda. "The AIDS virus is a moral challenge to our civilization," Representative Henry Hyde said.

United States

Bomb explodes at Yale

A bomb went off in an empty classroom at the Yale University law school, sending debris flying and students scrambling for safety. No injuries were reported and the damage was minor. Authorities said it might take two or three days to find out what type of device was used. The law school also houses a day care center and some residences, but it was not clear whether any children or residents were inside at the time. There were no initial indications that an international terrorist organization set off the device, according to two US. officials who are familiar with intelligence information. They spoke on the condition of anonymity. Yale is US President George W. Bush's alma mater.

United Kingdom

Officer accused of abuses

The British army officer whose rousing prebattle address to his troops in March drew worldwide attention for its emphasis on treating enemy captives with respect is under investigation on accusations of having abused Iraqi soldiers and civilians, the Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday. Lieutenant Colonel Tim Collins, 43, reportedly stands accused of punching, kicking and threatening Iraqi prisoners of war.

United Kingdom

Bones near Stonehenge

Archaeologists announced Wednesday that they had unearthed the skeletons of four adults and two children, perhaps 4,300 years old, all lying in a single grave, only 5km from Stonehenge, in a find that dates to the beginning of the Bronze Age. The bones, dug up by Wessex Archaeology, were found 1km from the remains of the Amesbury Archer, a Bronze Age man who was believed to have been a leader of the ancient community because of the treasures buried with him. Britain's press called him the King of Stonehenge because his remains -- dug up last year -- were found not far from the mysterious circle of tall, ancient stones, which lie near Salisbury, about 120km southwest of London.

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